Pre & Post Care 

BEFORE

  • Shower and exfoliate prior to the tanning session. Exfoliating prior to your appointment is the most important and crucial key step in achieving the best tan. Exfoliate with a loofah or an exfoliating mitt, not an oil based scrub! Pay close attention to problem areas such as knees, elbows and feet. 

  • When bathing, use a soap/bath gel that you can see through (transparent). White bar soaps and thick/creamy bath gels can have ingredients that will act as a barrier and can either neutralize the DHA’s reaction with the skin, or can result in uneven or splotchy tans. A Ph balancing soap is also a good option to use when bathing prior to the tan.

  • Do not apply lotions, moisturizers, perfumes or anything with oil in it onto your skin before your spray tan. Use deodorant sparingly and little, to no make-up is preferable. These products can act as a barrier to the tanning solution, causing an uneven tan. 

  • Shaving, facials, manicures/pedicures, waxing, or any other hair removal procedures should be done at least one day prior to your tanning session.

AFTER

  • Bring and wear loose-fitting, dark clothes and flip-flops or boot similar to an UGG for immediately after the tanning session. Baggy T-shirts, sweat pants, long cotton sun dresses, etc.

  • Avoid rubbing your skin with your hands until after showering.

  • Stay away from activities that will cause you to sweat or get wet. This includes exercising, being in excessive heat, saunas, doing the dishes, swimming, bathing or showering, etc.

  • Avoid touching skin to skin while developing, such as crossing legs when wearing shorts - it can build up heat and transfer the tanning agent resulting in a dark stripe on one leg, and a light stripe on the other. This goes for sleeping too, sleep in loose pajama pants and a t-shirt if you plan on sleeping in your solution.

  • When the 8 hour development time has passed, rinse off in the shower and use warm water to rinse off the solution and bronzer. Only rinse until you see the water is clear, then stop and pat dry. 

  • Continue to avoid bar soaps and body washes with heavy moisturizers. Transparent body washes will continue to keep the ph levels stable and will result in a longer lasting, better appearance of the tan.

  • Moisturize! We cannot stress the importance of this step. Moisturize at least twice a day! Keeping your skin hydrated is key to extending the life of your tan. Drink plenty of water, and stay hydrated inside and out. This will keep your tan radiant and will help with proper fading.

  • Avoid applying products to your skin that contain alcohol, mineral oils, or anything abrasive as these products can dry your skin, and wear the tan off prematurely.

  • Use a good sunscreen! Protect your skin. A spray on, oil free, water resistant works best!